The Nanomaterials Characterization Facility (NCF) at CU-Boulder provides education and user access to state of the art instruments for nanotechnology. The 1,400 sq ft facility is located in the basement of the Discovery Learning Center (DLC) in the College of Engineering and serves more than 100 researchers from the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as external academic and industry researchers.
As an open-access campus-wide centralized facility it allows for the sharing of expensive and complex cutting-edge research instrumentation while providing for maintenance and continuous development by a dedicated professional staff. The presence of the facilities dramatically enhances intellectual interactions among users. Additionally, having expert scientists working with users improves efficiency as well as the quality of the scientific results.
Our current instruments include: A field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), two conventional scanning electron microscopes (SEM), an atomic force microscope (AFM), a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), a focused ion beam (FIB), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). In addition, we have a sample preparation room, a spectrophotometer and provide an electron-beam lithography capability and common supplies.
Users gain access for fee by registering on the NCF user website.